By Richard Millott
Upwey’s Cameron Wheeler has made the Victorian Country Cricket League Team of the Year for the second consecutive season.
The 23-year-old Jack Feaver Medalist was recognised for his fantastic season in Norm Reeves Shield during 2017-‘18, a home and away season in which he claimed 49 wickets at an average of 10.31, including six five-wicket innings and two 10-wicket matches. Wheeler also amassed 332 runs at an average of 36.89, including a high score of 90-not-out against Eildon Park.
The team was announced during the VCCL annual general meeting held at the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval, St Kilda, on Sunday 5 August.
VCCL president and 2017-‘18 VCCL chairman of selectors, Kelvin White, noted Wheeler’s inclusion during the presentation.
“Cameron is fast becoming an unstoppable presence within the Ferntree Gully and District Cricket Association (FTGDCA), with his statistics underscoring his credentials as one of the most talented all-rounders within the region,” he said.
“His inclusion for a second time into the VCCL Team of the Year sees him join seven other illustrious cricketers to have been selected twice into the team.”
FTGDCA president Colin Capon praised Wheeler’s achievements across the season.
“It is always a highlight from an association standing watching Cameron play and display the many talents that he possesses,” he said.
“Whether with bat or ball, Cameron’s ability to influence and have a presence in a match against highly talented opposition is not only what makes our association such a strong environment for those skills to be allowed to flourish, but also an environment for appreciation of these talents on display that Cameron shows the cricketing community on a frequent basis.”
Wheeler has now claimed 121 wickets in his 38 matches across three seasons in Norm Reeves Shield, while accumulating 677 runs during the process.
Action within the FTGDCA starts for season 2018-‘19 in early October.